Ted Nugent Apologizes for Obama Slam

Rocker does after taking flak from Rand Paul, others

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 21, 2014 2:31 PM CST | Updated Feb 21, 2014 3:59 PM CST

(Newser) – If you missed the latest Ted Nugent escapade, he issued one of his typical diatribes against Barack Obama that likened the US president to a "subhuman mongrel." It's the reaction to it that seems to be getting more attention, however. Rand Paul, for instance, tweeted that the slam was "offensive and has no place in politics," reports Mediaite. "He should apologize." And today, on the Ben Ferguson radio show, the normally unrepentant Nugent did just that, reports the Huffington Post: "I do apologize—not necessarily to the president—but on behalf of much better men than myself," he said, referring to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, among others. He promised to "elevate" his "street-fighter terminology." Nugent has been campaigning for Abbott, and one of the attorney general's Democratic foes, Wendy Davis, has begun making hay out of the association, reports the Dallas Morning News.

It's a "window into Greg Abbott's character," she declared. When questioned about Nugent, Abbott "fled to a waiting car," says the newspaper. Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry initially played down the comments with a "that's just Ted" defense, but hours later told CNN that he's "got a problem" with them, reports the Washington Post. Not so Sarah Palin, who posted on Facebook that if Abbott "is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!" You can read Nugent's original diatribe at the American Prospect, where liberal writer Paul Waldman praises Paul's condemnation as a stroke of political genius. Politico, meanwhile, looks at how Nugent divides his conservative fans from liberals and mainstream Republicans. (Click for previous Nugent shenanigans.)

Ted Nugent speaks to a crowd of Greg Abbott supporters during a campaign stop in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Tuesday. Abbott is running for governor.
Ted Nugent speaks to a crowd of Greg Abbott supporters during a campaign stop in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Tuesday. Abbott is running for governor.   (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey)
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